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  1. Justin Morneau: “Nothing really new to report” on comeback from concussion

    Nov 5, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    John McDonald; Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau sat out the final three months of the regular season after suffering a concussion on July 7. He started working out and taking batting practice in September, leading to some optimism that he could come back for the playoffs, but those hopes were quickly dashed when the post-concussion symptoms returned and he was…

  2. What if nine teams hadn’t passed on Tim Lincecum in 2006?

    Nov 5, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum pitches

    Texas general manager Jon Daniels revealed during the World Series that the Rangers planned to take Tim Lincecum with the 12th pick in the 2006 draft, only to see the Giants snatch him up two spots ahead of them. Of course, while the Rangers’ near-miss with Lincecum is interesting it’s worth noting that nine teams…

  3. Padres “will listen to offers” on All-Star closer Heath Bell

    Nov 5, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    Adrian Gonzalez’s potential availability is grabbing all the headlines, and rightfully so, but Dan Hayes of the North County Times reports that the Padres “will also listen to offers on Heath Bell.” Bell, like Gonzalez, is only under team control through 2011. He’s also in line for a big raise via arbitration after saving 47…

  4. Facing midnight deadline Hisanori Takahashi wants three-year deal from Mets

    Nov 5, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Hisanori Takahashi throwing

    MLB extended the Mets’ deadline to re-sign Hisanori Takahashi until midnight today, but it sounds like the two sides aren’t particularly close to agreeing on a new contract. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that Takahashi is asking for a three-year deal worth around $5 million per season and Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com confirmed those demands.…

  5. Carl Willis, Chris Chambliss, and Robbie Thompson join Eric Wedge’s coaching staff

    Nov 5, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    carl-willis-mariners

    Three weeks after hiring Eric Wedge as their new manager the Mariners announced his coaching staff: Hitting coach: Chris Chambliss Pitching coach: Carl Willis Bench coach: Robbie Thompson First base coach: Mike Brumley Third base coach: Jeff Datz Bullpen coach: Jaime Navarro Willis served as interim pitching coach after the Mariners cleaned house at midseason…

  6. Nationals release injured reliever Tyler Walker

    Nov 5, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    tyler-walker-nationals

    Tyler Walker pitched well for the Nationals through mid-June, posting a 3.57 ERA and 30/8 K/BB ratio in 35 innings, but missed the final three months of the season following shoulder surgery. Based on his recovery timetable the veteran reliever could be ready to pitch again as soon as spring training, but at age 34…

  7. Indians cut ties with former top prospect Andy Marte

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    andy-marte-indians-broken-bat

    Once upon a time Andy Marte was considered an elite prospect. While in the Braves’ farm system he ranked among Baseball America‘s top 50 prospects in four years, including top-15 spots in 2004, 2005, and 2006. After hitting .275/.372/.506 with 20 homers and 64 walks in 109 games at Triple-A as a 21-year-old in 2005…

  8. Blue Jays trade for Miguel Olivo … and decline his 2011 option

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Miguel Olivo

    Last night the Blue Jays traded a player to be named later to the Rockies for catcher Miguel Olivo, and then less than two hours later they made Olivo a free agent by declining his $2.5 million option for 2011. That may sound crazy considering Toronto had to pay Olivo a $500,000 buyout, but as…

  9. Picture of the Day: Pablo Sandoval celebrates with a sundae

    Nov 4, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT

    Beats the hell out of a silly parade …

  10. Rangers sign manager Ron Washington to two-year contract

    Nov 4, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Ron Washington press conference

    Shortly after the World Series ended Rangers general manager Jon Daniels announced that signing manager Ron Washington to a new contract was the team’s first offseason priority and sure enough the two sides agreed to a deal today. Washington gets a two-year contract after leading the Rangers to their first playoff appearance since 1999 and…

  11. White Sox looking to sign John Danks to long-term deal

    Nov 4, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    John Danks

    John Danks is already under team control in 2011 and 2012 as an arbitration eligible player, but Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com reports that the White Sox are interesting in signing the left-hander to a long-term contract that extends “at least through his first free agent year in 2013.” Danks earned $3.45 million this season and…

  12. Mariners cut loose arbitration eligible Casey Kotchman

    Nov 4, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Casey Kotchman, Chris Carter

    Last offseason the Mariners acquired Casey Kotchman from the Red Sox, settled on $3.5 million contract to avoid arbitration, and then watched as the first baseman hit .217 with a lowly .280 on-base percentage and .336 slugging percentage in 125 games to rank as one of the worst players in baseball. He remained under team…

  13. Pirates narrow manager search to Clint Hurdle, Jeff Banister

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    clint-hurdle-rangers

    Pittsburgh put its manager search on hold until after the World Series in order to interview Texas hitting coach Clint Hurdle, and now Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that the Pirates are down to Hurdle and in-house candidate Jeff Banister as the finalists for the job. Banister has spent 25 years in…

  14. Scott Podsednik opts out of Dodgers deal and becomes a free agent

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    scott-podsednik-dodgers-swinging

    When the Dodgers exercised their half of Scott Podsednik’s mutual option earlier this week the assumption was that the speedy outfielder would soon do the same and accept a $2 million salary for 2011, but today Podsednik declined his half of the option and became a free agent. Podsednik earned $1.75 million this season and…

  15. Would you believe the Nationals “are a potential sleeper team” for Cliff Lee?

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com writes that the Nationals “are a potential sleeper team in the competition to land” Cliff Lee, quoting “one baseball insider” as saying: “They’re going to step up and try to get a top free agent. They’d like to make a splash.” Perhaps, but the odds of the top free agent on…

  16. Report: Yankees not planning to pursue Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford, Raul Chavez

    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News hears from “a source” that the Yankees “aren’t planning to make a hard charge for Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth” this offseason. That certainly makes sense because the Yankees are pretty set in the outfield with Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, and Nick Swisher, and Gardner in particular…

  17. Astros eliminate “advance scout” position to focus on video

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    brad-mills-astros

    In his first year as manager Brad Mills encouraged Astros players to rely extensively on video to scout opponents and analyze their own performance, and now Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that the team is eliminating the position of “advance scout” to focus even more on video work. The news isn’t quite as…

  18. State taxes could play a factor in Cliff Lee choosing between Rangers and Yankees

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee Family

    While speculation swirls about how much Cliff Lee enjoyed his time in Texas and how much his wife disliked her time in New York, an overlooked factor in his free agent decision-making could be state income taxes. Darren Rovell of CNBC wrote a very interesting article examining the differences in taxes Lee would pay depending…

  19. Are coaches underpaid? (And how much was Davey Lopes worth to the Phillies?)

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    davey-lopes-phillies

    I’ve been thinking about the value of coaches lately, in part because the Cardinals only had to shell out $750,000 per season to make Dave Duncan the highest-paid pitching coach in baseball and in part because the Phillies let first base coach Davey Lopes go over failed contract talks that probably involved a difference of…

  20. Rays may try to re-sign Dan Wheeler and Willy Aybar after declining options

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    dan-wheeler-rays

    Tampa Bay declined 2011 options on Dan Wheeler at $4 million and Willy Aybar at $2.25 million, but Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Rays may try to re-sign both players to lesser salaries. Aybar batted just .230/.309/.344 in 309 plate appearances while playing mostly designated hitter, so giving him a…

  21. Rangers decline $9 million option on Vladimir Guerrero

    Nov 3, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers have declined their $9 million option on Vladimir Guerrero for 2011. While perhaps surprising to some based on his big name and 115-RBI season, Guerrero simply wasn’t a $9 million player in 2010 and at age 36 was unlikely to be any better in 2011. He struggled…

  22. Rockies decline $4.5 million option on Octavio Dotel for 2011

    Nov 3, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT

    octavio-dotel-rockies

    Because he was traded during the season Octavio Dotel had the right to reject his $4.5 million option if it was exercised, but the Rockies made that a moot point by choosing a $250,000 buyout instead. Colorado acquired Dotel in mid-September and he wouldn’t have even been eligible for the playoff roster, so it’s no…

  23. Aramis Ramirez exercises $14.6 million option for 2011

    Nov 3, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    aramis-ramirez-cubs-swing

    For a brief moment Aramis Ramirez dropped some hints about possibly declining his $14.6 million player option for 2011, but presumably his agent (or really anyone with a functional brain) took him aside and said something like, “Uh, you just had your worst season since 2002, maybe take the money.” Ramirez made it official today,…

  24. Mariners decline 2011 options on Erik Bedard, Jose Lopez, and Russell Branyan

    Nov 3, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Seattle declined a trio of 2011 options today: Erik Bedard for $8 million, Russell Branyan for $5 million, and Jose Lopez for $4.5 million. Bedard and Branyan are now free agents, while the Mariners still control Lopez as an arbitration-eligible player. However, there’s a strong chance they’ll non-tender him by the December 2 deadline unless…

  25. Red Sox prospect Adalberto Ibarra has shoulder surgery

    Nov 3, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    adalberto ibarra red sox

    Back in April the Red Sox signed 22-year-old Cuban catcher Adalberto Ibarra for $4.3 million, but that bonus was lessened to $800,000 after he failed a physical exam due to a shoulder injury. And now it turns out he needed shoulder surgery. Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that Ibarra underwent surgery yesterday to repair a…

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